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Issue Analysis: Title II Regulation of the Internet

After a decision by a Federal Appeals Court in January struck down the FCC's ability to enforce Net Neutrality, the agency has been looking for new ways to regulate the internet. One proposal is to classify internet service providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Federal Communications Act of 1934. This would mean treating the internet like a utility, similar to telephone companies, water, and electricity. In this FreedomWorks Issue Analysis, we examine the implications of the FCC's proposal and the impact on internet freedom.


Clearing up Net Neutrality

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Technology Is Thriving, So Why Are the Feds Strangling It?

A growing number of economists are describing the current slump as a form of secular stagnation, where diminishing outlets for capital investment have slowed economic growth, reduced the demand for labor and stalled the economic recovery. While the technology sector remains one of the few areas of the economy where innovation and growth continue at a rapid pace, the Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with a series of new rules that may shackle this important part of the economy. From new mandates for municipal broadband to redefining what broadband means, to proposals to turn the Internet into a common carrier, the FCC is working to reshape how Americans connect to the Internet.

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What Title II Regulation of the Internet Actually Means

There is a great deal of discussion today about empowering the FCC to regulate internet services providers as if they were public utilities. Supporters of Net Neutrality tend to think this is a good idea, because they fear that ISPs will give discriminatory access to bandwidth, creating a so-called “internet fast lane” for companies with enough capital to pay.